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Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS)



The purpose of this programme is to provide a postgraduate qualification in ophthalmic basic sciences for medical graduates who are seeking a position on a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists RANZCO (Fellowship) approved Training Programme or are currently engaged in such a programme. We anticipate the source of enrolment will be mainly second year house surgeons in New Zealand and/or Australia. The programme may also meet the needs of trainees already enrolled in similar training programmes in other parts of the world or general practitioners. Candidates will have the option of studying part-time during their training, or spending a year studying full-time. If successful they will hold an internationally recognised qualification from the University of Otago.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

Mr Bruce R. Smith
Faculty Manager
Faculty of Medicine

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS) Degree Table


Note: Up to 30 points may be substituted, with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine.
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught, or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise four papers from the following:

      • OPHT 801 Ophthalmic Anatomy (30 points)
      • OPHT 802 Ophthalmic Physiology (30 points)
      • OPHT 803 Ophthalmic Optics (30 points)
      • OPHT 804 Practical Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (30 points)
      • OPHT 805 Ocular Genetics (30 points)
    2. With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may substitute for up to 30 points an appropriate paper offered by another university or examining body.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be one year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. The programme must be completed within five years of admission.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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